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Samuel Miller McDonald

Samuel Miller McDonald

Author of Progress, a book on the science and history of progress.

Geographer focusing on human ecology, macrohistory, and theory. 

Selected Writing


+ The Left Must Adapt or Die

+ Facing Up to the Climate Reckoning Ahead

+ Is Nuclear Power Our Best Bet Against Climate Change?

+ The Green New Deal Can't Be Anything Like the New Deal

+ Climate Kings

+ The Last Great Forests

+ The Climate Movement Needs More Creative Tactics

+ Empire of Same

+ Oil Age

+ Lifecycle of a Leaf


+ The City of Tomorrow


Bifröst to Nowhere

+ Carbon Omissions


+ Collapse Despair


+ What Must We Do to Live

+ Breaking Development

+ Capitalism is Collectivist


+ The Miracle Pipeline

+ We can't let the coronavirus lead to a 9/11-style erosion of civil liberties

+ The Ministry for the Future or, Do Authors Dream of Electric Jeeps?

+ How to Destroy a Story



+ on the revolutionary potential of good style

+ on the political economy of energy

+ on systems change

+ on fighting climate disaster

+ on ecological calamity


+ Doctor of Philosophy—Geography

University of Oxford

+ Master of Environmental Management

Yale University

+ Bachelor of Arts—Human Ecology

College of the Atlantic


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